Shankar Kashyap

An orthopaedic surgeon originally from Bangalore, India practicing now in the United Kingdom.  After moving from India in 1982, completed Orthopaedic training in the UK and became a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in 1995.  Lives in the northeast of the country in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne with my wife and three children.

 

He has extensive experience in publishing scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals over the last 25 years.  A thesis written for Master’s degree was published in the University of Liverpool titled; “Surgical Treatment for Hallux Valgus” was acclaimed as one of the best for the year.   The first book, "A Kangaroo Court: A Triumph of mediocrity" was published in 2011.    It was critically acclaimed.  Samples of the reviews on Amazon are –

 

“This is a must read for all doctors working in the UK. How inter departmental envy and jealousy can lead up to five years of anguish for a reputed doctor is truly shocking. The end is surprising and as illogical as to why the process went through for so long. There are lots of lessons to learn for fellow doctors. Less said about the GMC the better. This is a reflection of the warped, corrupt and hierarchical nature of British society under the guise of fairness and decency.
Thoroughly enjoyed reading the book but my heart goes out to Dr. Kashyap for the injustice he suffered for so long”.
“A very enjoyable read, though quite concerning what may go on within the GMC! To think that someone's career could be taken away and reputation ruined quite so easily is truly shocking”.
“This is a story of a passionate, sincere and a caring surgeon, who for no other reason than retribution was 'hung drawn and quartered'. The governing medical body which has been established to help such atrocity failed at every step due to its pure incompetence. It conducts itself in this book like a 'Mickey Mouse' workshop ignoring the truth, evidence and gaping holes in the allegations made. The title of the book is apt and the concerned organisation is a pack of circus clowns. A must read for the doctors of this land”.

He has researched extensively on Indian pre-history over the past twenty five years.  The result is the Harappa series of books.  When finished, they will have a series of six books taking the history of India from the middle of third millennium BCE to the middle of second millennium BCE and collapse of the Harappan civilisation.  The aim is to take readers through the third millennium BCE in India using archaeological and literary evidence available along with characters and events from the enormous Vedic corpus.   There has been very little written about it in the popular press and most of what is written has been aimed at serious historians and archaeologists.  It also aims to make the story simple and attractive to everyone with a bit of Indian spice added in the form of magic and supernatural.

 

"I loved Shankar Kashyap's novel, Harappa: The Lure of Soma. An epic tale of mystery, black magic, love, and adventure set in the most intriguing period of India's ancient history, it wraps you up in the predicament of its central characters and stands as a magnificent and compelling parable of the age-old battle of good against evil."

 

Graham Hancock, author of the international bestseller Fingerprints of the Gods

 

“Shankar N Kashyap has created a brilliant and fascinating story about one of the most mysterious eras in human history, yet one that has implications for all humanity even today. His narrative draws us back to the ancient era of India of the Sarasvati River, long before most of what we call civilization, and sheds light upon the profound culture that existed then and its relevance for the entire world.”

 

David Frawley

Director of American Institute of Vedic Studies (www.vedanet.com)

Author of Soma in Yoga and Ayurveda, and thirty other books

 

3.       SHANKAR KASHYAP is a natural story teller with a great sense of imagination which is not only vivid but also realistic in all aspects. Like a master creator, he has created a world in the ruins of Harrapa and Mohenjo daro. Once he establishes his characters – and their culture, tradition, and beliefs – they almost become alive and start behaving the way they should have done so in their lives. It is but natural to have all known human emotions and experiences in the lives of his characters, and one finds love, romance, politics, conspiracies, wars and natural disasters in his world.
The plot has an element of suspense from the very beginning. The story opens up and tells us about the lost civilization's culture, tradition and believe system. He goes into the geographical details of 5,000 years old territory and stays within the borders of countries with their political issues, personal jealousies, and powerful individuals who desire to change the world for better or worse. This is what exactly is happening in human societies since the age unknown and will continue to happen till the doomsday. Shankar has highlighted all these issues with great sense of imagination and background knowledge of history. More than a master creator, he acted like a god as left the world that he created in these pages on its own after creating it. He has become a historian and record keeper of that world. He writes in detail about the courts and its proceedings. He tells us about the way medicine was practiced in those days. He gives us a detailed account of war, warriors and their weapons. He also carefully describes the rituals playing important role in the lives of people living in that era.
It is a story of love, the beauty of nature, and man’s struggle against those evil forces who are present in our lives from the first day of our self-determination.
 
Dr Shershah Syed
Pakistan

Author of “Vision, not just a dream” and winner of Clinton Global Initiative Award.

Harappa;  The lure of Soma:

This is the first book of a series titled Harappa.  It is based in 2500 BCE when the Harappan civilisation was at its peak.    The whole of the country at that time – I have called it Bramhavarta to stop confusion with implied Aryavarta and its connotations with Aryan Invasion Theory which has now been discredited – was extremely prosperous and probably the biggest empire in the world at the time.   Neighbouring country of Ariana was struggling with several large tectonic events causing massive earthquakes which in turn diverted some of their major rivers around 2600 BCE.  Desertification of several tracts of the land occurred with some of the large lakes and rivers drying up altogether.  The people of Ariana were the Avestans or ancestors of Avestans who later followed Zarathustra.  The supply of Haoma (Soma of Avestan people) had dried up due to the severe drought and it was necessary for their Yasna – a ritual similar to Vedic Yajna, except it was water based.  In the story, the Avestans decide to obtain the coveted sacred plant Soma through sorcery at first and armed conflict later.  Our hero, Upaashantha is a Physician from Hariyupia (Harappa) is in the thick of the action.  He gets involved in the attempt by a rebel Magi from Ariana to steal the Soma and helps foil his attempts. This is the story of his life and love which intermingles with politics of the day and the final armed conflict between the Avestans and Harappans.  It has several characters from the Rigveda – including Shunahotra, Vishwamitra, Vasishta, Grtsamada, Medathiti.  There are short, but concise descriptions of the life styles, religion, education and commerce of the time.  The book aims to work as an introduction to Indian Pre-history.  King Sudas, Vasisihta, Vishwamitra and Elam are introduced as a preamble to Book 2 and 3.

Niraj MohankaAuthor of “Royal Chronology of India